Well, it looks like HBO’s little hacking problem is far from over. The hackers behind a recent attack that saw pirated episodes of Ballers and Room 104, along with script information for an episode of Game of Thrones has made good on their promise that “more is coming.” EW has confirmed that several episodes from the as-of-yet unaired ninth season of Larry David comedy Curb Your Enthusiasm have also been lifted in a cyber attack and posted online. The show was set to return October 5th after a five-year hiatus, but is apparently launching a little earlier than planned.
HBO’s official statement is, understandably, terse and succinct, claiming that “…we’re not going to comment every time a new piece of information is released. It has been widely reported that there was a cyber incident at HBO. The hacker may continue to drop bits and pieces of stolen information in an attempt to generate media attention. That’s a game we’re not going to participate in.” (A clever pun, if intended). HBO goes on to say that this latest development is a continuation of the initial hacking incident, with an episode of Insecure also leaked online, plus episodes of upcoming Bill Hader comedy, Barry, and 70’s porn drama, starring James Franco, The Deuce. No episodes of Game of Thrones have reportedly been leaked in the attack, while the latest one that was leaked was due to an unrelated incident.
According to various outlets who have reportedly contacted the hacker behind the attack, the infiltration is basically a ploy for ransom – up to $6 million in Bitcoin according to one estimate. Details on how HBO is proceeding with the attack are sketchy at best, since HBO is keeping understandably tight-lipped. But the release of an episode of a series that has been anticipated for five years might indicate that the hacker is running out of options, patience, or time.